The stark warning came as Boris Johnson urged the public to stay at home after it emerged more people are using their vehicles. The Prime Minister, who is currently self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, said people should only leave their homes if it is “absolutely necessary”.
Mr Johnson was forced to speak out as new figures showed that drivers are ignoring the government’s lockdown advice.
While the number of people using public transport has plummeted there was an “uptick” in traffic on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson said in a tweet: “Yesterday’s data showed more people were using transport than in previous days.
“Please do not leave your house unless absolutely necessary. It really will save lives.”
No10 also refused to confirm or deny whether it used mobile phone location data to decide on a lockdown last week.
The PM’s spokesman said: “What I’ve said is more broadly we’ve received data from a wide variety of sources in relation to protecting people’s health, but at all times we follow data protection rules.”
Asked why he couldn’t confirm whether or not phone data was being used, he said: “I have no more for you on this.
“We have been over it a number of times. I’ve said what I’m in a position to say.”
Published at Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:11:00 +0000